The Ducks fought ferociously to comeback in the second half, after the 7th ranked Hawkeyes held a 15 point advantage at one point in the game, finishing off Iowa in the second round of the NIT, 108-97, to advance to the quarterfinals.
E.J. Singler scored 25 points, Olu Ashaolu had 22 points, the two highest scorers among 5 Ducks in double figures Sunday night in front of 8,500+ people at Matthew Knight Arena. Carlos Emory also added 19, while Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim tacked on 15 each to round out the leading scorers for the Ducks.
Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble scored a game-high 31 points and was electric from beyond the arc. The sophomore guard for the Hawkeyes had hit 15 threes all season, but hit 7 of 8 in the game.
The Ducks trailed 31-16 with 10:44 to play in the first half but climbed back and a 9-2 run to end the half cut their deficit to 51-47 at the break. The Ducks shot 50% in the first half.
Oregon took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Joseph with 11:44 to play in the game that made it 71-68, and the Ducks pushed their lead to as much as 12 points, 97-85, with 5:29 to play.
The offensive free-for-all by the Ducks displayed 72% from the floor in the second, which made seven of their 11 3-point attempts after going 3 of 12 in the first half. The Ducks scored 61 in the second half.
Fun fact: the Ducks only average 73 points a game.
Oregon's 108 points were a season high.
And Matthew Knight Arena has been a safe haven for the Ducks as of late, as three of Oregon's top four scoring output this season have occurred in the Ducks' last three home games, with 90 points vs. Colorado, 94 points vs. Utah and 96 vs. LSU.
Next up for Oregon is a Tuesday trip to Washington, where the Ducks lost 76-60 in December. The winner of that game will advance to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
C.J. Wilcox, Washington guard, said after its win over Northwestern Friday, "I want to play Oregon just because they beat us so bad at their place. We have a chance to get them back and show that we're a better team."
The Ducks and Huskies split their season series 1-1, with Washington winning in Seattle 76-60 and Oregon winning in Eugene 82-57.
They'll get Oregon coming off its highest-scoring game since beating UC Riverside 108-67 Dec. 28, 2002.
UW has lost just two games this season.
Quick Game Note: Olu Ashaolu crashed to the ground with 3:09 to play after diving after a loose ball, and had to be escorted back to the locker room. He has a little cut above his eye, according to Head Coach Dana Altman, though initially, his crash looked a whole lot worse.